Namaste is not just a way of saying hello but it is to pay respect. Every living being is an Atma (Soul). Shri Bhagwan (God) is also called the Super Soul, the source and origin of the Atma(Soul). If the Atma is the energy that runs the body, Shri Bhagwan (GOD) is the sum of that energy. If Bhagwan is the fire, an individual soul is its tiny spark. Since the soul is a fraction of Bhagwan (God), all living bring are His manifestations. This is why Hindus see divinity in every living thing. This is why Namaste is said to greet and pay respect to every person. So Namaste means “I bow to the divine within you”.